Loyalty, survival and the new ‘Long March’ … Xi Jinping’s speech on 80th anniversary of Red Army’s epic military retreat

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China’s president Xi Jinping has rallied Communist Party members on the 80th anniversary of the Red Army’s “Long March”, a foundation tale filled with tales of courage, brutal battles and heavy losses. A two-year tactical retreat by the communists to evade Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT), it was the event that put Mao Zedong on the path to power.